The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. ''There will be no challenge, no challenges whatsoever,'' for whatever team picks up Sam, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference. He kept his head down and worked and you can't ask anything more out of any player for that matter.'' On Twitter, roughly an hour after he was cut, Sam wrote ''The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. Earlier Saturday, he attended Missouri's opener in Columbia, a 1 1/2-hour drive west on I-70 from Rams Park.
There might come a time when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer expands his offensive playbook to include various long passes, reverses and bootlegs. Until his young quarterback gains confidence and his line grows up, the No. 5 Buckeyes will likely count on the kind of conservative game plan that proved good enough to beat Navy 34-17 Saturday. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut as Ohio State earned its 25th consecutive regular-season victory. ''The best thing about this game,'' Meyer said, ''is we won it and it's in our rearview mirror.'' Elevated into a starting role after senior Braxton Miller injured his right shoulder two weeks ago, Barrett went 12 for 15 - including an 80-yard TD pass to Devin Smith that put the Buckeyes up 20-14 with 4:10 left in the third quarter.
Brett Hundley was all smiles, mostly because of his defense. Seventh-ranked UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter Saturday and Hundley led them on a critical second-half scoring drive as the Bruins escaped Virginia 28-20 in the opener for both teams. ... We have a lot of stuff to work on.'' Hundley, widely regarded as one of the nation's top quarterbacks, was harassed all day by Virginia's pressure defense, which sacked him five times, and made the biggest play of the day for UCLA with his feet. ''Great players made plays when they need to be made,'' Bruins coach Jim Mora Jr. said.
The New York Jets have released suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson, ending a bizarre week that began when he left the team before its preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 22. The move Saturday came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit. Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing before the preseason game without speaking to anyone in the organization.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. In a statement released through the NFL Players Association on Saturday, Smith said: ''I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks. ''I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.'' The NFL announced Smith's suspension Friday.
Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland. Behind second-half replacement quarterback Justin Holman, the Knights appeared to have scored their own unlikely come-from-behind victory when Holman's 6-yard touchdown run with 1:13 left put UCF up 24-23. Hackenberg ran 8 yards for a first down on a 4th-down play in Penn State's own half of the field during the final drive.
Chris Sale overcame a shaky start to strike out a season-high 13, beating Max Scherzer in a matchup of All-Star aces and leading the Chicago White Sox past the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and Tyler Flowers also went deep against Scherzer (15-5), who fanned 11 and walked none in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander reached that figure in 81 major league starts - Walsh made 312 for the White Sox from 1904-1916. Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler homered for the Tigers, who began the day with a one-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card.
When he wasn't thinking about his caddie's deceased wife, Matt Kuchar was busy making plenty of birdies Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Ryan Palmer got off to a roller-coaster start, not making a par until his sixth hole. Angela Bennett, the wife of caddie Lance Bennett, died Wednesday of a seizure.
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(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care.
"Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise."
Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence
(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care.
Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it.
"Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please.
That said, a Forbe
(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions.
According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it.
The research comes on the heels of numerous news
(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience.
According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract
(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant!
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i
(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months.
The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di
(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness.
"I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits.
"Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body."
After all those years o
(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running.
In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons.
"I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012
(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts.
"Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby.
"Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s
(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight.
"We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t
(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today.
In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career.
"I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't."
The whiplash sh
(NewsUSA) - "The wall won."
That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball.
Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard.
"I told her, 'Open the
(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list.
"Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres
(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer.
To help the public safeguard thems